From noisy pipes to low water pressure, a variety of problems can signal that your plumbing system is in need of repairs. Some of these problems can be easily fixed, while others may require the services of a professional plumber.
In this blog post, we’ll look at five of the most common signs your plumbing system is in need of maintenance or repairs. From dripping to slow draining, discover five signs to watch out for in your commercial plumbing system.
Unusually colored tap water
Is the water coming from your taps slightly brown or yellow? Brown water is a sign of rust in your pipes, which is often the result of aging pipes or damage to your local water main.
Likewise, gray or cloudy water can indicate air trapped inside your pipes. A green or blue tinge to your tap water can indicate corrosion – the closer it is to blue, the more severe the extent of the corrosion.
All of these issues typically require the attention of an expert plumber. If your water is an unusual color or comes out of the tap looking slightly cloudy, consider having a plumber look over your system.
Slow, inefficient draining
Does your sink take too long to drain? Draining issues can be a major annoyance for businesses, particularly those that depend on sinks and water-based appliances. If a sink or tub takes too long to drain, your plumbing system could be the cause.
Slow drainage is occasionally caused by blockages. If cleaning your drain with a tool doesn’t fix the blockage, it could be your plumbing system. Contact a professional to learn more about the best way to clear the drain and fix your plumbing system.
Low water pressure
Does water dribble out of your building’s faucets? When you use a faucet, it should deliver a steady, consistent stream of water that increases in quantity as you adjust the tap further.
Low water pressure is caused by a number of issues. If it only occurs on one faucet, it could be the result of a local blockage. If it occurs across your whole system, you may have a leak or corrosion block in your plumbing.
Finally, low water pressure can occur because of a poor connection to the municipal water system. If your entire building is affected by low water pressure, contact your municipal water supply to see if they’re aware of the problem.
Loud, “knocking” pipes
Are your pipes annoyingly noisy? Older plumbing systems will typically be noisier than new ones, but thumping or knocking noises can indicate a system that’s unfit for use and potentially dangerous.
Thumping sounds can occur because of water pressure that’s too high for the pipes used in your system, weak supports for your pipes and valves that have come loose over time. If you hear knocking from your pipes, speak to a plumber right away.
Do your faucets drip even when they’re completely turned off? Your water pressure may be too high for your fixtures. This can cause water to escape from your taps and outlets even when they’re completely closed.
Other causes of dripping faucets include damaged faucet valves. Dripping can result in damage to your bathroom and kitchen over time, making it important to contact a plumber as soon as you notice dripping from a faucet.